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Job Title:  Senior Technical Advisor for Geophysical Engineering
Agency:  Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Job Announcement Number:  RES/DE-2014-0001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$148,510.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year
Thursday, October 24, 2013 to Friday, November 15, 2013
This is a NRC Senior Level System (SLS) Position - Full-Time, Permanent
1 vacancy - Rockville, MD   View Map
This vacancy is open to all qualified U.S. Citizens.  Veterans, please visit:


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**NOTE:  This position is being readvertised under vacancy announcement RES/DE-2014-0001 to extend the closing date to November 15, 2013.  Applicants who applied under vacancy announcement RES/DE-2013-0011 remain in consideration and do not need to reapply.**
Position Information:  This is a NRC Senior Level System (SLS) Position (Full-time, Permanent)

Organization Location:  Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, Division of Engineering

Duty Station:  Rockville, Maryland

Supervisor:  Michael J. Case, Director, Division of Engineering


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Background investigation leading to a security clearance is required
  • This is a Drug Testing Position


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As the Senior Technical Advisor for Geophysical Engineering, you will provide authoritative technical expertise, advice, and assistance as the lead advisor on a broad range of complex seismic and geophysical engineering research and related nuclear safety issues.  Duties and responsibilities include:

Serving as an agency authority on policies, strategies, and tactics concerning seismic issues in the design and operation of existing, new, and advanced nuclear power plants
Reviewing and providing programmatic and technical advice on seismic, and geotechnical engineering related research program plans and providing definitive advice of a strategic nature on advance planning for research activities
Coordinating crucial agency interactions with external entities, both government and industry, relating to seismology, earth science and geophysical engineering issues, and presenting and defending NRC technical positions, concerns, objectives, and requirements
Representing the NRC at government, academic, and industry conferences, seminars and meetings, and on policy making groups comprised of interagency and international groups
Participating in major domestic and international cooperative efforts related to nuclear power plants, waste facilities and materials activities
Serving as a technical trainer and mentor, and providing guidance to staff members on technical analysis methods and regulatory approaches for resolving seismic and geotechnical issues


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Basic Qualifications:  You must possess an expert knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices in a field of engineering or physical science as evidenced by a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. 
Specialized Experience:  You must also have at least seven to ten years of specialized experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience (e.g., graduate degree), that demonstrates extensive knowledge of, and experience as a recognized expert in, in the principles, theories, and practices in the field of seismology/geophysical engineering, including state-of-the-art technological issues, problems, and potential solutions and knowledge of nuclear technology.  At least one year of this experience should normally be comparable in complexity and responsibility to the kind of work normally assigned at the GG-15 level in the Federal government or equivalent.
Candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria.  Your resume should include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, cases, or services involved; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions.  In addition to your resume, you may use the available space provided to supply additional information regarding your qualifications for this position.  The ideal candidate for this position possesses:
1.  Demonstrated extensive knowledge of, and experience as a recognized expert, in the theories, principles, and practices in field of seismology/geophysical engineering, including state-of-the-art technological issues, problems, and potential solutions.
2.  Demonstrated ability to independently identify requirements for advanced technical research, analysis, or evaluation activities in the area of seismology/earth science/geophysical engineering.
3.  Demonstrated knowledge of nuclear technology.
4.  Demonstrated advanced oral and written communication skills, and experience effectively conveying and presenting complex information of a technical and/or policy nature to colleagues, peers, senior management officials, or representatives of other institutions, agencies, or organizations, including international organizations.
5.  Demonstrated ability to function as an organizational representative and liaison on substantive technical and policy issues and to achieve cooperation and consensus among parties engaged in joint or parallel efforts.



After the closing date listed on the vacancy announcement, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements.  If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.  Your resume is of key importance for evaluating your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to this position.  Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to the duties and qualifications of this position.
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As an NRC employee you will enjoy excellent Federal benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Federal Dental and Vision Insurance Program; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k) (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 10 paid holidays per year; and transit benefits.


  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Expenses associated with interview and/or relocation may be paid
  • When NRC determines that, in the absence of such an incentive, it will be difficult to fill the position with a suitable candidate, NRC may offer a recruitment incentive to an eligible new Federal appointee or a relocation incentive to a current Federal employee who is required to geographically move.  Generally current Federal employees are not eligible for a recruitment incentive.
  • Selected candidate is required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) within 30 days after appointment
  • The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Disability Program Coordinator at (301) 287-0712.   Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Selecteed candidate will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
  • A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires.  To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a section 145(b) waiver under the Atomic Energy Act.  To be eligible for a 145 (b) waiver you need favorable education verification, and reference, credit, and criminal history checks.  If a waiver is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment.  If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.
  • The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use.  The individual selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing and will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.


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We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.  Your application for this vacancy must be received online via the USAJOBS application system BEFORE midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.  If you fail to submit a complete online application, you will not be considered for this position. Paper applications will not be accepted unless hardship circumstances can be demonstrated and requests for extensions will not be granted.  If applying online poses a hardship for you, the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online on or before the closing date.  Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist BEFORE the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.  
You will be rated based on information provided in your resume.  Breadth, recency, and length of experience in the field; training, awards, and commendations; past and current performance; and community or outside professional activities will be considered to determine your level of knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line” button to the right of the screen. Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.


1.   Online resume that describes your experience and accomplishments as they relate to the qualifications for this position which are described in the section describing Specialized Experience.
2.  If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.
3.  If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.
4.  If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility.  If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at
All supplemental documents may be submitted electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
1.  Use the "USAJOBS" feature to download documents from your USAJOBS portfolio; or
2.  Use the "Upload" feature to upload documents directly from your computer.  The following types of documents can be uploaded: .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pfg, .pdf, .doc, .docx; or
3.  Use the "Fax" feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.
You may also send a copy of your supplemental material to Johanna Gallagher at


Johanna Gallagher
Phone: 301-287-0715
Fax: 301-287-9345
Agency Information:
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of Human Resources
Attn: J. Gallagher, Mail Stop 3WFN 03A44M
Washington, DC
Fax: 301-287-9345


You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJoBs and selecting "Application Status."

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